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Husband And Wife Sentenced In Ottawa Burglary

Posted by wlpo on March 4, 2012

Family bonding for one group in Ottawa means getting together to steal.

Ricky Tanner, his wife Heather and his sister Stephanie have all pled guilty to burglary.  The threesome admits to trying to burglarize an unoccupied home on the east end of Ottawa back in December.  Problem was police got a tip and were waiting at the house for the Tanners.

Ricky Tanner was given six years in prison.  Heather Tanner received four years probation while Stephanie will be sentenced next month.

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Waiting Game Continues For Buffalo Rock Trail Closure

Posted by wlpo on March 4, 2012

It looks like the Buffalo Rock closure will hit a two-year anniversary.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller was in Ottawa over the weekend and says they’re still working towards a solution between lawyers and the attorney general’s office to reopen parts of Buffalo Rock State Park and the towpath between Naplate and Utica. Part of the park and I&M trail were closed in April 2010 after the DNR thought stray bullets from a nearby gun range posed a safety issue.

Miller says they’ve actually been dealing with this issue for several years and while he wants the trail back open, he’s not willing to risk someone getting shot.

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Pelosi endorses Jackson Jr.

Posted by wlpo on March 4, 2012

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s opponent in the upcoming primary says voters are tired of outsiders coming into the district telling them how to vote. Former  congresswoman Debbie Halvorson was responding to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Chicago Saturday to endorse Jackson. Pelosi, who’s from California, praised Jackson’s leadership in Congress and appealed to voters to ensure he keeps his seat. Halvorson says people “are just sick and tired” of politicians from outside the district weighing in. The campaign is shaping up as one of the toughest fights in Illinois’ March 20 primary. Pelosi made her endorsement announcement at the headquarters of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the civil rights organization run by Jackson’s father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Jackson has represented the 2nd Congressional District since 1995.

 

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Temporary Delaney’s closing

Posted by wlpo on March 4, 2012

The owners of a popular Oglesby business are temporarily closing to give it a “facelift”. Delaney’s Restaurant of Oglesby will close after today but will return. Marc Delaney is one of the owners. He says while the restaurant is closed the inside will be spruced up with dining booths sent out to be refurbished. Improvements will be made in back as well. If all goes as planned, Delaney’s will reopen around March 19th.

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Engineers to present latest plans for La Salle Rotary Park

Posted by wlpo on March 4, 2012

What do you want to see in La Salle Rotary Park? The La Salle park committee has been guiding the engineers as specifics for the park are decided. The park will include baseball fields, a handicap accessible playground and a fishing pond. Engineers will be at La Salle City Hall at 6pm tomorrow to present their most recent plans.

The city council meeting will follow at 7pm. Tomorrow will be the first regular council meeting since meeting nights were moved from Mondays to Tuesdays.

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“Boob-a-palooza” recap

Posted by wlpo on March 4, 2012

An indication of the response to “Boob-a-palooza 3” – cars everywhere – even lining the driveway to Seneca’s Oak Ridge Five bands including “Dewey Oxburger and Mr. Blonde” entertained well over 1200 people in eight hours Saturday night. Visitors enjoyed food and got in on raffles for Dozens of items. Betty Glynn, (glenn) is the organizer and hopes the event will equal or surpass last year’s haul of $15-thousand dollars. Fairmount Minerals of Ottawa donated $5000 last night. “Cops 4 Cancer” dispenses the money on a request basis to help cancer victims meet utility, grocery or other everyday bills. The amount of money taken in will not be known until Monday.

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